Portadown man was abusive to police in Lurgan

Craigavon Court House. INLM0311-117gc
Craigavon Court House. INLM0311-117gc

Sentencing in the case of 33-year-old man was deferred for four months last Wednesday at Craigavon Magistrates Court.

Damien James McKernan, Woodside Hill, Portadown, at an earlier court, had admitted disorderly behaviour in Market Street, Lurgan, on October 8 this year.

The case had been adjourned so that a pre-sentence report could be obtained.

The court heard that at 3.30pm McKernan was acting in a disorderly manner by shouting at members of the public.

He appeared intoxicated and said to police: “I was only f—king helping” and “f—k off”.

District Judge, Mr Mervyn Bates, said there was a combination order in place and McKernan seemed to be engaging well with the order.

Mr Gabriel Ingram, representing the defendant, said the catalyst for the offence was a mix-up in the defendant’s medication and not alcohol.

He explained that McKernan was back living with his parents and this was a stabilising influence.

Mr Ingram asked the court to consider a period of deferment.

Deferring sentence until March 30 next year Judge Bates said that he wanted updated reports and that if the defendant stayed out of trouble in the meantime there would not be immediate custody.

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